American Home Schooling

The benefits of home schooling, teaching them your own chosen curriculum!

Home-schooling is a popular alternative to sending your children to a public or private school. It seems to be especially popular with stay-at-home parents who would rather teach their children themselves in the privacy of their own homes. In order to home-school your children, you will need to know the basics of how to do this, and, like everything, there are steps you will need to follow.

Home-schooling is legal in all fifty states. The first step is to check with your state's Board of Education to find out what the legal requirements are and what you will need to do in order to comply with them.

Next, you will need to determine whether-or-not you want your children to follow a structured curriculum. Most parents who use this system to ensure that their children will study every subject that a child who goes to a private or public school would. An unstructured system would allow the parent to provide a more individualized approach to learning. You can teach your children subjects they are more interested in instead of pushing them into learning subjects of which they have no interest. You can set-up a school-like learning environment in your home and teach daily lessons, admininster tests, and grades, just like a public school would do. Or, you can use a more relaxed approach by allowing your child to choose what he or she would like to study. Another choice available to parents is to enroll your children in online classes offered on the Internet.

Or, you might choose to follow the Moore Formula, which was created by Dr. Raymond Moore and his wife Dorothy. They both are professional educators who are credited as being the foundation of the home-school movement. Through their years of education, they developed a basic outline for parents to follow for their home-schooling plan. The plan includes daily homestudy for the child, a daily routine of manual work, and home and or community service. For more information about the Moores and their plan, get a copy of their book titled, "Better Late Than Early."

Home-schooling can not only provide your children with the eesential learning of the basic subjects of reading, writing, and arithmetic, but it can also help your children to master much-needed life skills. These skills can range from learning how to do the laundry to balancing his or her own checkbook. They are skills that your child will need to know so that he or she can take care of themselves later on in life.

One last point about home-schooling: The question of interaction and socialization are most always brought up in the question on whether-or-not a chold should be home-schooled. Public schooling is automatically thought to be a good place for a child to learn how to get along with his or her peers since he or she is put in a room- in fact, an entire school- with many other children. While some social skills probably can be learned in this type of environment, peer pressure is always a constant concern for parents.

Some children tend to follow the crowd instead of doing what they know is right. Not only that, but bullying and other forms of violence can and do happen, and no child needs to be subjected to that.

Fortunately, parents who home-school can teach their children moral values as well as the right way to get along with other people.

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